12 Carcassonne houses to rent in France long term in 2020

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Carcassonne long term rentals FranceCarcassonne is a good place to be based near for a long term rental in the South of France. Not only do you have one of France's most prominent tourist sites on your doorstep, but you are also blessed with picturesque scenery, the Minervois wine region (one of the best in the South France) and the Canal du Midi - the tree-lined waterway which flows across the South of France to the Mediterranean coast.

There has been a settlement at Carcassonne since 3400 BC and both Celtic and Roman archaeological remains have been found in the area. Carcassonne was an important centre for the Cathars and in 1209 the town was laid siege by the crusading army of Simon De Montfort. Thankfully, it didn't experience the brutal massacre that befell the nearby town of Beziers, but most of the inhabitants were expelled after they surrendered the town. 

Living in France: Carcassonne

Carcassone is located just above the Pyrenees in the South of France. It is located 100km inland from the Mediterranean coast in the Aude department. The town has a population of around 50,000 people. The large city of Toulouse, with its international airport is just 45 minutes down the road. Carcassonne itself has its own airport - serviced mainly by low-cost flights from the UK and Scandinavia. 

There is a mainline train station in Carcassonne, with regular services to Narbonne and Toulouse (where you can pick up TGV connections to Bordeaux, Perpignan, Barcelona, Paris, Marseille). and several regional destinations. The A61 motorway connects Carcassonne with Toulouse and Narbonne.

Carcassonne enjoys hot summers with temperatures averaging around 29 °C / 84 °F. It has a Mediterranean climate with glorious weather in the Spring and Autumn and mild winters (typical averaging temperatures of 10 °C / 50 °F) during the daytime). It can get a bit windy in the winter months - check out the number of windmills on the surrounding hills - but it is not as bad as some areas.

Carcassonne has a good range of shops from out of town hypermarkets to small boutiques in the heart of the town centre. Carcassonne is a rugby mad town and it has both a Rugby Union and Rugby League team.

Carcassonne's stunning castle is certainly what visitors come to Carcassonne to see. The castle is the second most popular historical monument outside of Paris. It is the huge scale of Carcassonne's castle that first takes your breath away. It is absolutely huge, it has 31 towers, an amphitheater, hotel and a full medieval town inside its fortified walls. It is only when you arrive that you can get a true feel for the enormous scale of Carcassonne castle.

carcassonne rentals franceYou enter the citadel through the main Port Narbonnaise (the entrance nearest the car park) and cross over the now grassy moat. The preserved and rebuilt town inside Carcassone castles magnificent walls provides an insight into what medieval life was like. As you follow the road ahead up past all the souvenir shops just shut your eyes. It really doesn't do Carcassonne any favours to allow the shops to sell plastic suits of Armour and baseball caps with jousting rods protruding out of them - but hey-ho. If you can look beyond all the tourist tat you will be in for a real treat. Carcassonne is a magical place. There can not be a more impressive castle in Europe. At the end of the road you will come to the Chateau Comtal, where Count Trencavel made his last stand against Simon de Montfort's forces in 1209. 

Carcassonne castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to mark the 20th anniversay of its listing, the French body for National Monuments commissioned the artist Felice Varini to make an art installation at Carcassonne. I don't think that the bureaucrat who commissioned Varini quite expected that he would paint a series of concentric circles in fluorescent yellow onto the castle walls around the Western entrance to the castle at Porte d'Aude. You can literally see these yellow stripes from miles away. You can imagine the bureaucrat taking the first call . . ."he's done what?" . . . I actually quite like them and it has certainly brought in thousands of extra visitors to the castle. What I think is clever about the circles, is that there is only one spot to stand in where you can actually see the concentric pattern. But some locals even organised a petition to get the yellow circles removed - which I think is a bit ridiculous. The circles were removed at the end of 2018, which is a bit of a shame. I pity the poor workman that has to scrub off all that paint

Carcassonne also has a good range of restaurants, especially Chez Saskia and La Marquière both located in the heart of the medieval castle. Carcassonne is also reputed to be the best place to eat the famous Languedoc dish of Cassoulet. Cassoulet is a hearty stew made from white beans, duck and sausage is a proud feature of many restaurants. But you will also find a wide range of fish dishes (river trout especially) and a good use of seasonal organic vegetables.

 

Long term rentals near Carcassonne

Carcassonne is located in the North-Western part of the Aude department. To the North of Carcassonne you have the Black Mountains and some pretty villages such as Cuxac-Cabardes and Villardonnel. To the West, the landscape contains mainly rolling hills around the towns of Castelnaudary, Revel and Fanjeaux. To the South the landscape becomes more dramatic as the foothills of the Pyerenees begin to rise up. Here you will find the beautiful market town of Mirepoix and also local towns such as Limoux (famous for its sparkling wine - the original Champagne in France) and Quillan. To the East in the direction of the Mediterranean coast, you have the Corbieres hills and the Minervois wine region. This is a popular location for long term rentals. The weather on this side of Carcassonne tends to be a bit warmer and drier in the winter months. There are some really beautiful village located along the banks of the Canal du Midi, such as Homps, Ventenac-en-Minervois, Le Somail, Roubia and Paraza.

On Go Languedoc we have quite a number of houses in and around Carcassonne that can be rented long term. The areas around Carcassonne have proved to be a very popular place to rent in the last couple of years. Here is a selection of 12 houses currently available to rent long term in the Carcassonne area of France during 2020. If any of these properties are of interest to you, further details can be obtained on the property pages. Please check the availability calendars as we can not guarantee that the houses will always be vacant for the entire period of your long term let:

 

1. Carcassonne long term rental properties Ferrals-les-Corbieres, France (Ref: 867)

Carcassonne long term rental properties FranceThese Carcassonne long term rentals France are located in the heart of Ferrals les Corbieres, a rural village, in the Aude department of the Languedoc region. There are 3 apartments with shared pool available for rent on a monthly basis. These long term rentals are close to the village amenities and very convenient for exploring the South of France. The property features:

  • 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) + 1 bathroom
  • 9m x 5m heated swimming pool
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Easy access to Carcassonne castle
  • WiFi and flat screen TV (UK channels)
  • Private parking
  • Trampoline, swings, toys, boules
  • Mediterranean beaches 25 mins
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, cafe, restaurant

This long term rental property near Carcassonne is available for monthly rentals between October and May. The monthly rental prices start from €800 + bills.

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2. French farmhouse for monthly rent in France near Carcassonne (Ref: 1523)

Farmhouse rent Carcassonne FranceThis French farmhouse for monthly rentals is located in between Carcassonne and Toulouse in South France. The farmhouse is set amongst open countryside close to the Canal du Midi, local restaurants and shops. There is a boulangerie 3kms away and a farm shop within 1km. This French farmhouse comes with lovely views over the Lauragais countryside. Closeby is the famous town of Castelnaudary, which has a full range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. The farmhouse contains:

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • 2 reception rooms
  • Large kitchen/diner
  • Swimming pool
  • Washing machine
  • Large garden

The farmhouse is available for monthly rentals between October and May. The monthly rental prices start from €1250 (based on a 6 month rental period) up to €1550 for shorter stays.

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3. Carcassonne apartment to rent long term in France sleeps 6 (Ref: 115)

Carcassonne apartment for long term rentals FranceThis wonderful city centre apartment in Carcassonne, France, is available for long term rentals throughout the year. This 3 bedroom apartment is bright and spacious and comes with two living rooms, Wifi internet, a large kitchen and a rooftop terrace. The apartment is situated in a central location close to markets, cafes, delicatessens and restaurants. Carcassonne is located in between Toulouse and the Mediterranean coast in the South of France. The city enjoys warm summers and mild winters. Carcassonne has excellent transport connections with a local airport, train station and the A61 motorway passes just to the south of the city.  The apartment contains:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Large open plan living room
  • Roof terrace
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi and satellite TV

This apartment in Carcassonne is available for monthly rentals from €1300 + bills

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4. Secret Garden French long term let near Carcassonne (Ref: 1610)

Secret Garden French long term let near CarcassonneThe Secret Garden French long term let is located in the picturesque village of Ferrals-les-Corbieres, in between the mountains and the sea. The cottage comes with a heated swimming pool and can sleep 4 in 2 bedrooms. The Mediterranean beaches are just 25 mins away and nearby you will find Carcassonne Castle, the Cathar village of Minerve and the Canal du Midi. The cottage contains:

  • 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) + 1 bathroom
  • 9m x 5m heated swimming pool
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Easy access to Carcassonne castle
  • WiFi and flat screen TV (UK channels)
  • Private parking
  • Trampoline, swings, toys, boules
  • Mediterranean beaches 25 mins
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, cafe, restaurant

This long term rental property near Carcassonne is available for monthly rentals between October and May. The monthly rental prices start from €800 + bills.

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5. Siran property to rent France long term (Ref: 1632)

Siran property to rent in France long termThis 2 bedroom property to rent in France long term is located in the ancient village of Siran. This well-equipped village has a bar, bistro restaurant, school, shop and library. The property comes with a beautiful cottage garden, 2 bedrooms, large lounge and kitchen-diner. Siran is located in the heart of the Minervois wine region, producing some of the best wines in Southern France. The property comes with

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Courtyard garden
  • Well-equipped kitchen + washing machine
  • WiFi and flat screen TV (satellite channels)
  • Available for 3-12 month rentals
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, cafes, restaurants 

The monthly prices for this Siran property to rent in France, start from €700 pcm + bills. Minimum stay is 3 months

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6. Domaine de Badens long term rentals France pet friendly with pool (Ref: 1498)

Property to rent in South France long termDomaine de Badens is a beautiful long term rentals property set amongst 5 hectares on the edge of the village of Cenne Monestiés in the South of France. The property is nestled in a forest of mature oak and pine trees, with the Lampy river flowing nearby. This long term rentals property in France is very pet friendly - their are 4 resident cats and the owners are happy to welcome well-behaved dogs. Surrounding the property there is an abundance of wildlife including deer, wild boar, badgers, foxes, red squirrels, three species of owl, green woodpeckers and many birds of prey. The house is generally child friendly, although with many large rocks, steps and the river nearby, parents of young children should be vigilant when outside. The house contains:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Utility room with washing machine
  • Lounge and dining room
  • Pet-friendly

The property is available for long term rentals from October 2019 to June 2020 (and from October 2020 to June 2021) for a monthly price of €700 + bills (€850pcm all inclusive).

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7. Maison de la Roche long term rentals in France sleeps 4 (Ref: 1611)

Farmhouse rent Carcassonne FranceMaison de la Roche long term rentals in France are situated in the quaint wine making village of Ferrals-les-Corbieres, in between the mountains and the coast. The beautiful city of Carcassonne is just down the road. Maison de la Roche come with a lovely heated swimming pool and plenty of space to enjoy a good book or a glass of wine. The proeprty contains:

  • 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) + 1 bathroom
  • 9mx5m heated swimming pool
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Easy access to Carcassonne castle
  • WiFi and flat screen TV (UK channels)
  • Private parking
  • Trampoline, swings, toys, boules
  • Mediterranean beaches 25 mins
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, cafe, restaurant 

This property is available for long term rentals between October and May. The monthly rental prices start from €800 + bills.

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8. Lagrasse Aude long term rentals in France (Ref: 1745)

Carcassonne cottage to rent in France long termA charming stone cottage for long term rentals in the beautiful town of Lagrasse in Southern France. Lagrasse is located in between Carcassonne and Narbonne and is surrounded by the Corbieres hills. The cottage is located on a quiet street in the village and comes with a private courtyard garden. The property is only a few steps away from the River Orbieu which is a popular swimming spot for the local villagers. The cottage comes with:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Private courtyard garden. 
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • TV and wifi available

 The property is available for long term rentals between October to May from €800 pcm + bills

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9. Aude house for monthly rentals in France (Ref: 1647)

Aude house monthly rentals FranceThis house in Rieux-Minervois, Aude, is available for monthly rentals from October through to May. Located in a beautiful part of France, just 25 minutes from medieval Castle at Carcassonne and Carcassonne airport, the house is ideally situated. Rieux-Minervois is a beautiful rural village and is ideally situated for exploring the Canal de Midi, the Cathar castles, Carcassonne, the local markets, the Minervois vineyards and the Mediterranean Coast ( 45 minutes ). This rental house near Carcassonne comes with:

  • 1 bedroom with King size bed
  • En suite bathroom
  • Private garage for parking
  • Walking distance to restaurants, shop & boulangerie
  • Double sofa bed in lounge
  • Washing machine
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Air conditioning,
  • WiFi and Woodburner

The monthly rental prices for this house in Aude, France, start from €600. Minimum stay 3 months.

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10. Mirepoix long term rental property in France near Carcassonne (Ref: 1260)

long term rental carcassonneThis Mirepoix long term rental property in France is located in a beautiful part of South France, close to Carcassonne. It offers splendid peace and tranquility and is surrounded by stunning scenery. This property can sleep up to 4 people and comes with wifi and UK TV. This Long term rental property in France is made up of:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Dining area with a comfortable lounge
  • Private terrace
  • Garden area
  • Stunning views

The monthly rental prices for this long term rental property near Carcassonne, France, start from €750. Minimum stay 3 months. The property is available for rentals from October through to May.

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11. Trausse-Minervois, Aude house rental in France (Ref: 1740)

French cottage long term rent carcassonneTrausse-Minervois is the prettiest village in the Minervois wine region of Southern France. This pretty house to rent long term in the Aude department, is located close to the medieval city of Carcassonne and the Cathar villages of Minerve and Caunes-Minervois. The house has recently been refurbished and comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen. The cottage comes with:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Dining area with a comfortable lounge
  • Parking available in village square
  • WiFi and Satellite TV 
  • Pets accepted by prior agreement

The house can be rented from €700 pcm + bills for 6-12 month rentals.

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12. Carcassonne house for long term rentals France (Ref: 1697)

Villemoustaussou Aude property long term rentalsVillemoustaussou is an ancient village located on the outskirts of Carcassonne in Southern France. The village is built on a hilltop around the medieval Church. The streets surrounding the church form a circular pattern and this type of village is known locally as a Circulade. This 2 bedroom house for long term rentals is just 6 mins drive from Carcassonne airport and a 20 minute bike ride to the city centre and and 10 minutes to the A61 motorway, which runs between the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. The village is very pretty and provides plenty of facilities, including a supermarket, restaurant/bar, 2 bakers, a medical centre (with English speaking Doctor), pharmacy, Pizzeria, Vet, sports centre, Rugby club, primary school and a fabulous artisan butcher. The property comes with:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Unfirnished/Part-furnished
  • Equipped kitchen
  • Courtyard garden
  • Home office/snug
  • 10 mins to Carcassonne

The monthly rental prices for this poperty in Aude near Carcassonne, France, start from €600-€700 per month + bills (depending on length of stay). Minimum stay 6 months. 

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Where to next . . . ?

iain pink smallI hope that this article has provided you with some good ideas about the types of properties available for long term rentals near Carcassonne, France. If you would now like to search for rental properties currently available in South France, please follow the links below:

If you would like some more detailed information about renting long term in France, then just drop us a quick message and we will come straight back to you. I wish you a wonderful stay in the South of France. Contact Iain by Email or by phone +33 6 95 00 28 44